The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Jigawa has begun the training of 1,000 youths, including women in various income-generating trades.
The NDE Coordinator in the state, Malam Abubakar Muhammad, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Friday.
Muhammad said the exercise was being conducted under the directorate’s three programmes, namely Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), Women Employment Promotion (WEP) and School-on-Wheel (SOW).
He said the three-month training, which began in June, would end in August.
The coordinator said that the beneficiaries were drawn from the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.
According to him, 550 of the beneficiaries will be trained in tailoring, auto mechanic electrical, GSM repairs, generator repairs, leather work, arts and signs and computer operations, among others.
Muhammad said that they were attached to various trainers to learn the skills under the B-NOAS.
He further told NAN that 400 of the trainees, who are females, would be trained in cosmetology for seven days.
“Some 50 other beneficiaries will be trained under the school-on-wheel programme in bead stringing, tailoring, GSM repairs, TV and radio repairs, as well as satellite installation.
“This school-on-wheel is like caravan. They go to villages and hard-to-reach areas to train youths, who cannot come to the state capital or local government headquarters to learn the skills.
“This is to ensure that no group or category of people is excluded from benefiting from the NDE’s skill acquisition programmes,’’ Muhammad said.
He pointed out that the gesture was to reduce unemployment and restiveness among youths in the state.
The coordinator added that it was also to enable women become self-reliant through productive activities.
“We are also optimistic that the skills will enable the beneficiaries to set up their own businesses and be employers of labour,’’ the coordinator said.
He, therefore, urged the beneficiaries to optimise this opportunity made available to them and justify the investment being made on them by the Federal Government.
“We, therefore, called on the participants to see the training as an opportunity to be self-employed and employers of labour.
“We also expect them to take their training seriously in order to learn the skills effectively,’’ he added.
NAN reports that the agency had earlier organised a one-day orientation for the beneficiaries.
According to him, the beneficiaries are exposed to the basic rudiments of the training, including rules, regulations, code of conduct and conditions governing their stay with respective trainers.